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Jim Murphy with Séidíu: A Letter from America
Jim Murphy is director emeritus of the Irish Studies Program at Villanova University, Pennsylvania. In 2017, Jim was gifted with a letter found by his Aunt Joan of Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo. In this letter, written around 1938, Jim’s father – who hailed from Co. Leitrim – writes from Brooklyn to ask for Jim’s mother’s hand in marriage. This beautiful letter captures the joys and heartbreaks of emigration and immigration; hopes for a future in a new world are tempered by the sense of loss. It is a story that will have a special resonance for a west of Ireland audience.
Séidiú is a vocal ensemble founded in Clifden in 2015. Their repertory includes music from the Italian Renaissance as well as newer Scandinavian music. Choir director is Nína Jóhanna Madsen, originally from Denmark/Iceland, and now living locally. Members: Barbara-Anne McCabe, Jean Mullan, Dee Negus, Ane Marie Elínardóttir Madsen, NínaJóhanna Madsen, Bill Hallett.